New twist to Safa vote saga

2009-09-12 14:58

CHANCES are that Molefi ­Oliphant might remain the South African Football Association (Safa) president after the September 26 elections.

City Press has been reliably informed that the Premier Soccer league (PSL), which is a special member of Safa, has lodged a motion to be tabled at the annual general meeting (AGM) that should their chairman, Irvin Khoza, win the elections, Oliphant should continue in his position as president until after the World Cup.

This could be a perfect fall-back position for the Khoza faction after world football governing body the Federation of International Football Associations’ (Fifa’s) secretary-general, Jerome Valcke, seemed this week to throw a spanner in the works. Valcke said whoever won the Safa presidency between Khoza, who is also the chairperson of the SA 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC), and CEO Danny Jordaan, would have to give up his LOC position.

Jordaan’s faction, the Football Transformation Forum (FTF) had also come up with what many viewed as a fall-back position by nominating Kirsten Nematandani as a second choice for the president’s position.

It is, however, not clear when the PSL lodged this motion as the Safa constitution stipulates that motions should reach the CEO’s office 30 days before the AGM, and there were suspicions that it might have been sneaked in this week ­after Fifa’s warning.

Earlier on Friday, before this information reached City Press, Safa CEO Raymond Hack told City Press that he had received three motions to be tabled at the AGM, but “none of them is about the postponement of the elections or an amendment of the constitution”.

He refused to reveal their contents or who they were from. Attempts to reach him or PSL CEO Kjetil Siem later failed as their mobile telephones were permanently on voicemail and they had not responded by the time of going to print last night.

Speculation is still rife that the elections might still be postponed in spite of all the above.

Should this not happen, though, a number of scenarios might play themselves out.

If Khoza wins the Safa president’s position he will have to vacate both positions as PSL and LOC chairman, and the board of directors will have to appoint a new chairman.

The same would happen with Jordaan.
Sports and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile told City Press on Friday: “I still hope that sanity will prevail and the elections are postponed.”

Stofile wrote a letter to Oliphant this week asking him once again to have the elections postponed.
Oliphant, who was in Cairo, Egypt, on Confederation of African Football (Caf) business, said he would respond once he was back in the country.

He was due to arrive yesterday.

The nomination list sent out to the Safa membership on Friday by Hack confirms that the regions are split down the middle.
As had been previously speculated, Hack confirmed that Khoza, Jordaan and Nematandani were the three nominees for the position of president.

He said that eight candidates had been nominated in the contest for the two vice-presidential ­positions.

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